This week we are blessed with a testimony by Sr. Marie Fidelis, DLJC. She is a member of the Disciplines of the Lord Jesus Christ, a Franciscan Charismatic Religious Community.
“Remember not the former things, nor consider the things of old. Behold, I am doing a new thing…” (Isaiah 43:18-19)
Beginning my junior year of college, this was the Scripture verse that the Lord put into my heart, as I prayed and asked for guidance for the coming semester. I did not quite understand what the Lord meant by “new things”, but I was desperate for a new encounter of God´s love. I begged the Lord, “Lord, change me. I want to live for you and for your glory.”
I was at a very pivotal point in my Christian life- I had a powerful encounter of God as a teenager, and had surrendered my life over to Him. As a student at a Catholic university, I was growing daily in my love for God and knowledge of the faith. However, I was also at a point of decision- God was asking me for a deeper relationship with Him, but my heart was still clinging to the things of the world, a lifestyle that was not compatible with authentic Gospel living.
I knew that this would be the semester when I would have to decide either to give God Lordship over every aspect of my life, or when I would walk away from Him and take my refuge in the pleasures of the world.
To me, it felt like a battle in my soul! But God already had the perfect plan to do “new things” and give me a radical change of heart and mind.
I was invited by a Franciscan priest to attend a Charismatic Prayer Meeting at my university, and I begrudgingly went, with a mix desperation and yet reluctance, hope and yet skepticism. Little did I know that God was going to use that prayer meeting to change my life forever.
After a time of Praise and Worship and a brief teaching, the priest felt led by the Holy Spirit to pray for those in need of physical healing. Actually, the priest received a specific Word of Knowledge from God- to pray for “Chelsea´s back”.
Now, this priest had only met me a few times, and did not know that my left leg was three inches shorter than my right leg. He did not know that this difference caused me a lot of pain in my back. All he knew was that God told him to pray, and so he called me out of the crowd to come forward to receive prayer.
With all my skepticism and desperation, the congregation prayed over me. In a matter of seconds, we watched my left leg grow into exact alignment with my right leg. It was totally a movement of the Holy Spirit- nobody had even touched me! Shocked and amazed, I became convicted of the transforming power of the Holy Spirit. In that moment of healing, I vowed in my heart to follow God, to live fully in love with the Holy Spirit, and to forever leave behind the temptations and offers of the world. All I wanted was God!
I thank God every day that He granted me a creative miracle of healing, but the true miracle was that God used His healing power to touch my heart. God truly did “a new thing” as He had promised me, delivering me from “the things of old” and empowering me to live a lifestyle filled and empowered with His love.
To read more about Sr. Marie, click here.